I’m sure we have all seen unusual items or accessories that have made us look twice in utter shock and surprise. At this point, you probably think you’ve seen it all before, which is why we bring you our list of 5 exclusive and completely unique timepieces - most of which you will never find for sale!
Some of them are dazzling displays of highly innovative designs by watch brands you may recognise, whereas others on this list break with the conventions of their own brand identities. Above all, all of them are exclusive and near-impossible to come across.
The Domino’s Pizza Rolex Air-King
Bizarre, isn’t it? It’s not often that you see a Domino’s logo on the face of a genuine Rolex watch. The story behind this unusual timepiece starts in 1977, when the founder of the pizza-franchise, Tom Monaghan, gifted his own Rolex timepiece to the owner of the highest-earning Domino's franchisee.
When other franchisee’s caught wind of this, they began to ask what kind of targets they would have to hit in order to receive a Domino’s branded watch. This is what sparked the ‘Rolex Challenge’, where a franchise would have to turn in a $20,000 weekly sales quote for four consecutive weeks in order to be rewarded with a branded Rolex Air-King.
Rolex very rarely engage in collaborative design efforts with their watches, and when they do, it is usually with luxury brands like Tiffany and Co. This makes a Domino’s branded rolex all the more unusual!
The Coca Cola Rolex 1003 Oyster Perpetual
Source:The Watch Club
Firstly, this watch is absolutely stunning. It was originally commissioned by Coca Cola in 1961 as a reward for the most loyal employees. This particular 14ct yellow gold Oyster Perpetual was originally awarded to ‘Sal’ Eaton for his 25 years of hard work with Coca Cola, and his name is proudly engraved on the caseback, along with the date of its presentation.
Much like the Domino’s Pizza Rolex, it is very unusual to see such a crossover with a distinguished luxury watch brand. The Coca Cola Rolexes were made from the 1950’s until the late 1970’s, making them incredibly exclusive and hard to come by.
The Cartier ‘Crash’
Source: Global Blue
The Cartier Crash exhibits one of Cartier’s most original and creative designs, and the story behind its conception is as interesting as the aesthetic appeal of the timepiece itself.
The idea for the design came to Jean-Jacques Cartier by accident. In 1967, a customer brought in a watch for repair that had been badly damaged and warped in the heat of a serious car accident. The famed jeweller was able to repair the timepiece successfully, but the shape and the story behind the watch inspired him to reproduce it, with the name ‘Crash’ serving as a fitting description of its design.
It was an instant hit amongst trend setters in ‘Swinging Sixties’ London - a legendary watch even by today’s standards. With tongue firmly in cheek, the design of the watch broke with the conventions of the luxury watch-making industry and was produced in very limited numbers. Referencing 1967, the year of its creation, just 267 numbered pieces have been produced, making this one of the rarest watches in the world.
Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 in Steel
Source: Parkers Jewellery
Patek Philippe is considered to be the most prestigious watch manufacturer in the world. The Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 is a prime example of this notion, with collectors and watch aficionados claiming it to be one of the most collectible and desirable watches in existence. Only four of them are known to exist, and it was made in 1941 as being the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch to ever be produced.
It is also the world’s most expensive wristwatch, and in 2016, one of them was sold for 11 million Swiss Francs at the Geneva Watch Auction, beating the previous record set by another Patek Philippe watch (Ref. 5016) that came in at 7.3 million Swiss Francs.
It was built during an embargo on gold in the 1940s, and to make it even rarer than it already is, it was only made for the Italian market. This is by far one of the world’s most revolutionary and legendary collector’s wristwatches, setting the course for Patek Philippe’s dominance in the world of high-end Swiss watchmaking.
Oxbridge University licensed Bremont Airco Mach 2
Officially and exclusively licensed by Cambridge and Oxford Universities, the Bremont Airco Mach 2 and Ladies Solo-37 timepieces are highly exclusive and are only available to Oxbridge students and alumni, making them highly sought after and rare.
They are immaculately constructed with meticulous attention to detail, and they feature Bremont’s patented Trip-Tick® case construction, featuring BE-92AE and BE-36AE automatic movements with 36-38 hour power reserves.
Only 100 of each model are produced, for Oxford and Cambridge watches respectively, making them more than just watches. These are a piece of history, and they are manufactured with your very own unique serial number printed on the case-back. The provenance of your historical purchase is always traceable, as Bremont keep a record of all new watches, the serial number, and the purchaser, making Oxbridge Watches a perfect, traceable heirloom to pass to the next generation.